Community School of Davidson hosts art fair

DAVIDSON – The Community School of Davidson High School, at 404 Armour St., transforms its commons area into a different kind of holiday fair Friday, Dec. 10.

The fair spotlights eight local nonprofit organizations: Davidson Housing Coalition, Davidson Lands Conservancy, Davidson Community Players, Davidson Public Library, Davidson Historical Society, Ada Jenkins Center, Davidson Farmers’ Market and Davidson Cornelius Day Care Center. In addition to their service in the community, the organizations partnered with the school to support students’ practicum and internship programs this year.

The fair is open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Those who attend the fair and choose to donate to organizations will receive hand-made cards in recognition of their support.

Visit the school’s website,, for information on how to support these nonprofit organizations.

Upcoming Parent University workshop focuses on tobacco use

The next Parent University workshop meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the NorthLake Mall LiveWell Center. Use lower level Entry 3, at 6801 NorthLake Mall Drive, Charlotte.

The interactive workshop will focus on what parents can do to keep children and teens from using tobacco.

Hopewell seeks project judges

Hopewell High School invites parents and community members to judge the senior graduation projects.

Students present their projects next week, Dec. 13 to 17, from 8 to 11 a.m. each day, and the school needs judges, and may volunteer for all or just part of the time. Judges will have a training session at 7:30 a.m. prior to the presentations, so no experience is required.

The school also needs volunteers to provide refreshments for the judges each day.

Contact Sue Scott, at 980-343-5988 ext. 221, or e-mail, with questions or to volunteer.

Other news for Hopewell High School: The orchestra performs a concert Friday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. … The Athletic Booster Club meets Monday, Dec. 13, at 7 a.m. … The school’s JROTC enjoys a Winter Ball beginning at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the school cafeteria.

• Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: The deadline for the first magnet school lottery is Friday, Dec. 10. For more information, contact Student Placement at 980-343-5335 or … Schools are closed Dec. 22 to 31 for winter break.

• Bailey Middle: The Orchestra Boosters host a winter dance, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in the cafetorium. Tickets are $5 and will be sold during lunch through Dec. 17. No tickets will be sold at the door. The dance is open to all students.

• Barnette Elementary: The third grade travels to Kannapolis Friday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, to see the Nutcracker. … The school holds callbacks for the musical Monday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. in the music room. … The school announces the cast of this year’s musical, The Aristocats, Wednesday, Dec. 15. … The PTA meets Thursday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m., followed by a holiday program. … Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students enjoy winter celebrations Dec. 20 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. … The school holds a Polar Express pajama day Dec. 21. … Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students enjoy winter celebrations Dec. 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Blythe Elementary: The PTA meets Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m., with the third-grade holiday chorus performing at 6:30 p.m. … Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders enjoy a holiday luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 15. … Students in kindergarten through second grade enjoy holiday parties Friday, Dec. 17. … Students in third through fifth grade enjoy holiday parties Dec. 21.

• Cannon School: The school hosts an admission open house Jan. 8 beginning at 1 p.m. in Taylor Hall.

• The Children’s Schoolhouse: The school holds an open house Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

• Cornelius Elementary: The PTO meets Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m., and kindergartners and first-graders present their Winter Celebration performance at the end of the meeting. … Principal James Garvin holds a Principal’s Coffee at Dilworth Coffee Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m. … The school holds character assemblies and Spirit Day Friday, Dec. 17. … Students enjoy winter break parties Dec. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

• Corvian Community School: The school closes at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17, for winter break. Classes resume Jan. 3.

• Davidson Day School: Kindergarten students showcase the sights, sounds and tastes of different winter holidays Saturday, Dec. 11, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali and Dong Zhi, as celebrated in places such as France, Africa, Israel, Mexico, Germany, Brazil and India. The event is free and open to the public. … Students in third through 12th grades perform “A Christmas Carol,” based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 9 through 11, at 7:30 p.m., along with a 2 p.m. performance Dec. 11. … The school asks for help in their outreach to local families through the Ada Jenkins Center. Community members may visit the school’s Angel Tree in the lobby, remove an angel, and sign your name at the desk. For each angel removed, the person is responsible for purchasing one item, worth up to $35. The school plans to donate three gifts to each of 22 children, so each child has three ornaments on the tree – one for an educational gift, one for a clothing gift and one for a “wish list” item. Gifts are due by Tuesday, Dec. 14. Gift cards to Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Walmart and Target are also welcome. … The third and fourth grades are collecting coats of all sizes for HOPE worldwide, an international charity that delivers community services to the world’s poor and needy. Bring coats to Mrs. Raybourne’s and Mr. Davis’ classrooms through Friday, Dec. 17, and they will be distributed in the Charlotte area. … The school asks the community to help establish a library at the Succotz R.C. School in Belize. It hopes to donate 1,200 books to the school, and seeks donations of gently used books for kindergarten through eighth grade students by Friday, Dec. 17.

• Davidson Elementary: The school holds a holiday book fair through Friday, Dec.10 … The PTO meets Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., followed by a holiday program.

• Davidson IB Middle: The Parent-Teacher-Student Association meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, followed by a winter concert at 6:30 p.m. … The School Leadership Team meets Monday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. … The school offers a tour Thursday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. … The school holds a drama production Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

• Francis Bradley Middle: The PTA meets Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. … The PTA board meets Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. … Students participate in “Red and Green Day” Dec. 21.

• Grace Covenant Academy: The school holds an online book fair now through April. When books are purchased at the website using the school’s code, 46323, the school receives 20 percent of the purchase amount in cash or a 40 percent book credit, which will be used to add books to the school library and purchase more Accelerated Reader tests.

• Huntersville Elementary:
The PTA board meets Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. … The kindergarten, second and fourth grades enjoy winter celebrations Dec. 20. … The first, third and fifth grades enjoy winter celebrations Dec. 21.

• J.V. Washam Elementary: The second grade enjoys a holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 14. … The fourth and fifth grades enjoy holiday parties Wednesday, Dec. 15. …The third grade enjoys a holiday party Dec. 16. … The school hosts a barbecue dinner in the cafeteria Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. … The PTO meets Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. … Third- and fifth-grade students perform a holiday concert Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the gym. … The first grade enjoys a holiday party Dec. 17. … The kindergarten class enjoys a holiday party Dec. 20.

• Lake Norman Charter: Applications for the 2011-12 school year lottery are available at the middle and high school campuses, 12435 Old Statesville Road, as well as on the school’s website, The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

• Lake Norman Christian: Students wear red, green and white shirts to school with jeans Dec. 17 for “Christmas Colors Day.”  … The school closes at noon Dec. 17 for the winter holiday. Students return to class Jan. 4.

• Long Creek Elementary: The school distributes progress reports Thursday, Dec. 9. … The school’s Chess Club meets Fridays, Dec. 10 and 17, at 7:30 a.m. … The school’s honors choir meets Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 a.m. … The school hosts holiday parties Dec. 21. Volunteers must be registered to attend.

• Pine Lake Preparatory: The school is now accepting online enrollment applications, at

• Ramah Christian Classical School: The school closes Dec. 22 for the winter holiday. Classes resume Jan. 4.

• St. Mark Catholic: The school’s band performs Thursday, Dec. 9, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Huntersville, and the choir performs Friday, Dec. 10. A portion of the store’s sales on those days will benefit St. Mark.

• SouthLake Christian Academy: he first semester ends Dec. 17. The school will close Dec. 18 for the holiday, and classes resume Jan. 3.

• Torrence Creek: The PTA meets Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room, followed by a talent show. … The next TCE Cares Pretzel Wednesday is Dec. 15, and money is due Monday, Dec. 13. The cost is $1 per pretzel, and proceeds benefit local charities and causes. … The PTA’s annual Staff Appreciation Cookie Walk is Dec. 17, and the school asks for the community’s help making at least 3,600 cookies. For more information or to help, e-mail your cookie pledge or questions to … Scheduled winter celebrations are: second grade, Tuesday, Dec. 14; third grade, Wednesday, Dec. 15; first grade, Thursday, Dec. 16; kindergartners, Dec. 17; fifth grade, Dec. 20; and fourth grade, Dec. 21.

• Woodlawn School: The school hosts an admissions open house for prospective kindergarten families Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. in the lodge. Find directions on the website,

– Compiled by Christina Ritchie Rogers